Practicing At Failure Is A Good Thing

By |April 24th, 2014|

Interesting perspective on the value of taking planned risks as a means of building an organization’s capacity for change. A business that can stomach failure is better prepared to face and manage the change it won’t always be able to see coming. Even better than that, this kind of company will be less afraid to consider change on a day to day basis which will naturally give rise to […]

Macresco Featured in Manufacturing Today

By |April 23rd, 2014|

Scott Gauvin recently sat down with Manufacturing Today magazine to talk about our consulting practice’s distinctive approach, unconventional philosophy on driving results and how the performance equation is changing. Read the profile here.

Surprising habit of highly successful companies

By |April 16th, 2014|

The secret to success according to Bill Taylor of Fast Company, the man who has covered many of the great organizations of our time:
“But the most successful companies care more than everyone else — about customers, about colleagues, about how the organization conducts itself in a world with endless opportunities to cut corners and compromise on values.  You can’t be special, distinctive, compelling in the marketplace unless you’ve built […]

Great company culture doesn’t happen by accident

By |April 11th, 2014|

Pixar’s focus on culture reminds us of how explicitly an organization’s structures and activities can impact its behaviors and attitudes and the significant role company values play in driving employee engagement. A great read for those that are looking to better understand the power of culture and reconcile the mindful effort it takes to cultivate and sustain – even among an employee pool of high performers. Unsure about how […]

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    How should you improve your business? Ask your worst customers.

How should you improve your business? Ask your worst customers.

By |April 10th, 2014|

Customer insight is one of the most important elements of a successful business model. Given the direct impact this relationship has on your success, customer insight should guide every initiative launched in the name of growth. Too many organizations don’t check in enough with their customers, understand their needs and how well they are being met. As a result, they make changes to their business model that don’t result […]

The Point of Continuous Improvement

By |March 28th, 2014|

Happy Friday! This is an oldie but goodie. A funny reminder that at the end of the day, CI efforts should focus on improving the means by which the business interprets and meets the needs of its customers. The impact of this effort is strongly enhanced by first taking the time to figure out what your customers want and expect. When was the last time you conducted a Voice […]

Poor Performance Is Often About Poor Process

By |March 27th, 2014|

Cuts in headcount are too often made with short term goals in mind. Somehow those with traditional management views consider this among the easier tacts to take when looking at cutting costs. I will grant them that it is one of the faster solutions in that regard. I would hope that these layoffs represent a last resort for Levis Strauss. I imagine that if they are truly experiencing a […]

CEO’s Brand New Bag

By |March 26th, 2014|

Ironic how the act of being transparent is considered “radical” in business yet is a sign of integrity for the individual. At least the paradigm is changing, and the skill set of more CEO’s today is less Great and Powerful Oz and more Thoughtful Connector, Synthesizer and Communicator.